The second round of the national vaccination against Covid-19 can accommodate more if walk-ins will be allowed in all local government units (LGUs).
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting Presidential spokesperson, said it is among the suggestions for the second “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” drive from December 15 to 17.
“Of course, we’re saying there should be improvements like accommodating walk-ins. But as for the process, it’s really up to the LGUs and then how the process would be done. Our appeal is that there should be a system for walk-ins,” he said in a radio interview on Sunday in Filipino.
Citing President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive, he said LGUs are encouraged to extend their average 12-hour operating time until there are still people queueing up to for jabs.
“That’s the President’s directive. He said that as long as someone is waiting in line, don’t close the vaccination site,” he added in Filipino.
Duterte suggested keeping vaccination sites open daily to accommodate more.
Nograles said LGUs may also want to consider enhancing their house-to-house efforts for senior citizens and persons with comorbidities.
“Several or many of the LGUs conduct house-to-house vaccination. If all LGUs do the same initiative especially for senior citizens and those with comorbidities, it would be even better,” he said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, Nograles reminded the public to refrain from being selective over vaccine brands,
“We need to repeatedly remind the public that there should be no brand preference. The vaccines we have are all safe and effective for everyone,” he said in Filipino.
The first “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” on November 29 to December 1 inoculated 8 million recipients.
The extension for two more days in some LGUs raised the count to 9.9 million, enabling the government to exceed its target of 9 million.